Newbie! Please be gentle!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MadBirdVN, May 21, 2016.

  1. MadBirdVN

    MadBirdVN New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    Hi all [​IMG]

    I'm brand new on BYC! [​IMG]

    I'm from North West England, I'm 26 and currently 6 months off finishing a veterinary nursing qualification. Due to my job, I often have a lot of birds (and other wildlife) brought into work and I'm usually the "go-to" fosterer! I think last year we rehabbed and released around 14 wild birds and 1 hedgehog. Our latest foster is slightly different....

    He was found in a bin in the town centre, with a few wounds and some bruising. A bit of research told us he (?) was an English Modena pigeon. Very beautiful. A few days in the surgery saw him eating really well and showing us just exactly how much he appreciated it, with wing slaps and growls! I'm now aware that Modenas have a rep for being aggressive and bolshy - he is just fantastic.
    We have been trying to find owners to no avail (no ID) via social media etc but nobody has come forwards for him - so we have (99%) decided to keep him as he is such a lovely looking bird and has such a character! [​IMG]

    We just want to do our homework on him to give him the best life possible - he is currently in a German Shepherd sized dog crate, in the conservatory (with doors and windows open as much as possible) with natural perches and is eating a mix of wild bird seed/pigeon corn, with oyster shell grit and greens like lettuce and spinach. He is drinking and eating exceptionally well and up and down off his perches quite happily [​IMG].
    I have experience of feeding/care/medical attention with wild pigeons but never a fancy pigeon. He does have lice (C. columbae I think) - again, after a bit of research and recommendations, we have treated him with a permethrin water-based spray.

    So, mainly to say HELLO! And I'm looking forwards to finding out lots more about keeping birds. I'm 100% open to help/advice/suggestions! (I am just searching old posts on this too!)

    Thank you!
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome from Yorkshire UK

    Glad you could join us here! It sounds like your job brings you lots of birds to care for!! I'm afraid I don't know anything about pigeons but we do have a section on them. Here is the link ~
    Hope you are able to pop over there and get some help from the keepers there.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us and i hope that the link Y/Coop gave you helps.

    Best wishes
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Great that it is getting help..that link that you have should help you out. A lot of folks on here have pigeons...and doves. :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Yorkshire Coop has given you the link for pigeons and doves. I'm sure someone there will know that breed of pigeon. I would think in time he would recognize you are friend, not foe and hopefully dial back his aggression. Welcome to Backyard chickens. You sound quite skilled with your rehab animals. You will make a fine veterinarian. Just wish you were practicing in this country. So few know about anything but dogs and cats.
  6. MadBirdVN

    MadBirdVN New Egg

    May 21, 2016
    Thanks all!
    Drumstick Diva, I'll be a qualified vet nurse, not a vet [​IMG] but I do like nursing our more unusual patients - we currently have a wild duck that has had a broken leg splinted, so she is a regular just now! (She is doing very well!) I am more than happy to take wildies home to recover once they have received veterinary attention! [​IMG]

    I have posted in the Pigeons & Doves section now. Sid (Sid Vicious!) does seem to be relenting slightly with his wing slapping, so time will tell. He may never become friends with us, but that's okay!

  7. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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